NATURE CONSERVATION

We develop innovative IoT technology and system solutions to better manage the impact of human activities on freshwater and marine mammals.

Data

Generating and integrating relevant information on industrial activities and the physical and emotional health of fresh water or marine mammals.

Legislation

Meeting current and anticipating future permit requirements to better manage the impact of industrial activities on the fresh water or marine habitat.

Planning

Data analysis should inform the spatial planning of new industrial activities and infrastructure projects in the fresh water or marine environment.

Ecological impact management

Many of our rivers and oceans are occupied by fishing activities, shipping lanes, and energy infrastructure such as offshore wind parks or hydro-electric dams. These industrial activities can negatively impact the living conditions of fresh water and marine mammals such as dolphins by producing noise, by blocking or altering migration routes, or by (indirectly) impacting the food chain. These industry sectors need to meet the government’s permit requirements related to ecological impact management in order to sustainably operate existing facilities, or to build new projects.

Water authorities as well as the industry have expressed a need to better understand the potential impact of their activities on these creatures. Frontier develops platform solutions to bring together and analyze different data streams. Field data is combined with findings from dissections of dead animals. The platform should provide more insight in the cause and effect relationships. Information on the actual presence and movements of these animals becomes more relevant as permit requires tighten up. That’s why we closely monitor the developments in aquatic tag devices and communication systems.

It is expected that the data analysis will inform the spatial planning of new energy infrastructure projects, shipping lanes, and fishing activities.

Key challenges

Key industry sectors impacting the living conditions of fresh water and marine mammals are:

  • Energy infrastructure 
    The presence of hydro-electric dams or offshore wind parks can negatively impact or alter important migration routes.

  • Navigation
    Sounds produced by motorized vessels around shipping lanes can lead to disorientation or even deafness in fresh water and marine mammals.

  • Fishing activities
    Unsustainable fishing practices can lead to insufficient food and weakenen fresh water and marine mammals, as well as to net entanglements often resulting in death.

  • Water users
    The discharge of insufficiently treated municipal, industrial, or agricultural wastewater can pollute river systems and downstreams water bodies like oceans.

We organize design challenges and we develop ecological impact management programs. Contact us for more information!

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